A team of students from the Interior Architecture and Design BA course at UCA Canterbury School of Architecture won the third prize in the Student Design Charrette 2013, organized by the London Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in collaboration with the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID).

From BIID press release: ‘On Saturday, 2nd November 2013 almost one hundred architecture and interior design students from universities across the UK attended Charrette ’13, an intensive one day design competition. The event was held at the Zaha Hadid – designed Roca London Gallery in Chelsea Harbour. The students were given a brief to design a new pier at Chelsea Harbour to regenerate the area while promoting TfL’s goal for greater use of the Thames.
Ten teams worked throughout the day to produce a concept drawing, detailed plan and models to present to the judging panel. Each team was mentored by a range of design professionals from the BIID, AIA, and course leaders. Designs ranged from new retail spaces, to a new large transport hub and a pedestrian bridge across the river.’

The team from UCA/CSA consisted of Louise Freeman, Dmitrijs Gusevs, Connie Johnstone, Christopher Laing, Samantha Li, Susan McAdam, Hannah Parfitt, Stylianos Styllas, Sophie Wilson, and Katherine Wright. They were mentored by Francis Hur, principal of Francis Hur Architecture (FHA), proposing a design made of several interchangeable mixed-use barges, which was judged by George Kunihiro, FAIA; Karin Templin, partner at studioACKT; and BIID Director Dan Hopwood.

This is an excellent result for our students, who showcased their creative and collaborative abilities to their best. Being able to work well under pressure as part of a team is a skill useful not only in design competitions but also in professional design practice. This opportunity helped our students gain confidence in themselves and their discipline in general. This is another success that together with the Janine Stone Young Interior Design Award 2013 that our students dominated this year, reflect well the quality and value of our course establishing it as one of the finest in the subject area.